UFC chief Dana White says Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg are ‘dead serious’ about an extraordinary fight in the octagon.
‘Talked with Mark and Elon last night, both guys are absolutely dead serious about this,’ White said to TMZ, before claiming it could be the most-watched fight in history.
‘The biggest fight of all time was Floyd (Mayweather) and Conor (McGregor), I just think it triples that,’ he said. ‘It triples what that did, there’s no limit on what that thing can make.’
White says the fight could happen in Las Vegas and that pay-per-view would come in at $100 – $200 more than what is typically charged for his UFC events.
Zuckerberg, 39, replied on his Instagram story, sharing a screenshot of Musk’s challenge, writing: ‘Send me location.’
I have this great move that I call “The Walrus”, where I just lie on top of my opponent & do nothing
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 22, 2023
Musk has trained in Kyokushin karate, taekwondo, judo and ‘Brazilian jiu-jitsu briefly’ throughout his life, he disclosed on Joe Rogan’s podcast, and he’s shared a photo of himself fighting a sumo wrestler in the past.
Jim Cramer talking about the Elon Musk v. Mark Zuckerberg cage match on CNBC 🥊 pic.twitter.com/1yPRf05M0A
— ALX 🇺🇸 (@alx) June 22, 2023
And speaking of Rogan, Musk even elevated the potential of the controversial podcast host refereeing their bout, replying with flame emojis on Twitter.
Musk, though, might not find the match to be as easy as he thinks as his Meta CEO rival recently placed in a jiu-jitsu tournament in May.
Either way, UFC boss White spies an opportunity and is enthusiastic to play his part and make it a reality.
‘Maybe to some degree, your ability to keep doing interesting things is your willingness to be embarrassed again and go back to step one and start as a beginner, and get your ass kicked,’ Zuckerberg said on a podcast earlier this year.
Zuckerberg also bashed a New York Times report claiming he was knocked out during a Jiu-Jitsu fight after a referee halted the bout early and gave the win to an opponent.
A clip of him wrestling on the floor and attempting to break free from an opponent who pinned him down on the mat went viral.
They grappled for more than a minute before Zuckerberg was frozen in a submission and the referee called the match, giving the victory to his opponent.
The official said he put a stop to the fight because he perceived the tech CEO snoring and thought he had fainted during the chokehold.
But Zuckerberg and his coach Dave Camarillo told the publication he had not lost consciousness and the referee mistook his grunting for snoring.
‘That never happened,’ Zuckerberg wrote in an email.
It’s confirmed that Mark Zuckerberg is serious about fighting Elon Musk and is now waiting on the details (if Musk decides to follow through).
Unless Elon puts in some serious training he's getting his ass beat by Zuck imo. pic.twitter.com/FORgFrO9zy
— dimacash (@d1macash) June 22, 2023
Zuck and Elon Musk in the steel cage match battling it out: pic.twitter.com/d49H9sOvFb
— Danny Armstrong (@DArmstrong44) June 22, 2023
— Dr. Kiki Akula (@TurmericBae) June 22, 2023
cage fight between Elon and Zuck: who are you betting on and how much? crypto bets only pic.twitter.com/nYv1p4pF8v
— CryptoOracle (@CryptoOracle_) June 22, 2023
Dana White wants to make the Elon vs. Zuckerberg fight:
"Everybody wants to see it. Station Casinos already put a line on this today. If these guys are serious, I make fights that people want to see. I would absolutely, positively do this." pic.twitter.com/5ywTJYj7Cs
— Citizen Free Press (@CitizenFreePres) June 22, 2023